Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Google to acquire AdMob for $750 mn

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Eyeing to enhance its expertise in mobile advertising, internet giant Google Inc is all set to acquire mobile display ad technology provider AdMob for USD 750 million.

Google Inc has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AdMob, for USD 750 million in an all stock deal, the company said in a statement.

AdMob a leading mobile advertising firm engaged in the development of display advertising technology for mobile Internet sites.

“Mobile advertising has enormous potential as a marketing medium and while this industry is still in the early stages of development, AdMob has already made exceptional progress in a very short time,” Google Vice—President of Product Management Susan Wojcicki said.

The deal will help Google in its efforts to develop more effective tools for creating, serving and analysing emerging mobile ads formats.

Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions.

The acquisition would enhance Google’s existing expertise and technology in mobile advertising, while giving advertisers and publishers more choice in this growing new area.

“The said acquisition will be an important moment for everyone involved in producing, consuming, or monetising engaging products on mobile,” AdMob Founder and CEO Omar Hamoui said.

Mobile web the next big thing?

With talent, cash and a large number of loyal users, Google is definitely dominating the mobile search industry. This acquisition could very well be Google’s bet towards the mobile web future.

Every rising industry brings in new opportunities. (Think: how iPhone boosted the applications industry while social sites created the sales of virtual goods)

It’s definitely a privilege to live in a time like this, when vast ideas are transformed into blue ocean industries.